Ingrid Marcum is a world-class elite athlete with a great passion for teaching and training others. Accomplished in multiple sports, Ingrid started in gymnastics before she was 2 years old and later competed for the College of William and Mary. A 2009 US National Champion in weightlifting, Ingrid lifted in the 2004 and 2008 USA Weightlifting Olympic Trials. She is a US Bobsled World Team member and was an alternate to the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Bobsled Teams. Most recently, Ingrid started competing in the Highland Games and shows great promise in her new competitive pursuit. Over the past 13 years, Ingrid has also developed a successful career working in both the fitness and athletic arenas,
working with everyone from beginners to elite athletes. She has trained athletes from various sports - both individuals and teams - including her time as a strength coach at the College of William and Mary and for the women’s US National Field Hockey Team. Ingrid stars in three fitness DVDs with John Brookfield: Hurricane Ingrid, Partner and Team Training and Mastery of Physical Prowess. She also assists John with many of the Battling Ropes certifications and workshops. In addition to her commitment to Battling Ropes, Ingrid owns a training business in the Chicago suburbs and speaks at various fitness conferences, community groups and schools throughout the US and Canada.



Bethany Hart is a retired two-sport world-class elite athlete. With a background in gymnastics, soccer and track and field, Bethany walked onto the University of Connecticut Track and Field Team in 1995 and began throwing the hammer. During that time, Bethany earned the distinction of being a two-time All-American and placed 5th at the US Olympic Trials in 2000 in the hammer throw. Academically, Bethany graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic
Training. Upon graduation, Bethany pursued a professional career as an Athletic Trainer in a physical therapy clinic and several high schools. Bethany also continued her athletic career by competing at the Track and Field Olympic Trials in 2004 and 2008 and also qualifying for and competing at the World Championships in 2005. In addition, Bethany competed as a brakeman with the US Bobsled World Cup Team in 2002, 2005, and 2006. After returning from the Track and Field World Championships in the fall of 2005, Bethany qualified for the US Olympic Team that competed in Torino, Italy in the winter of 2006. Currently, Bethany is working full-time as a personal trainer with the following certifications: Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Level 1 (KBC) Kettlebell Instructor, and Level 2 Battling Ropes Coach. Aside from her technical background, Bethany has a great deal of practical knowledge in the field of human performance. While she specializes in corrective exercise to transition clients from injury to functional fitness programs, Bethany is works with clients of all levels and ages.


Tim Anderson is a professional firefighter living in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. He also doubles as a C.P.T., an RKC II instructor and a Z-health Movement Coach. Now, Tim is among the very few Battling Ropes Level II Coaches. Tim has a passion for all things fitness and loves to teach others how to move their bodies. You can check Tim out at OPT - Outstanding Personal Training, Inc. or email him at


Betsy Collie, The Queen Of Lean, has been in the fitness profession for 20 years, specializing in group exercise and fitness and dance. She has spent her entire life moving—starting dance at the age of 3 years old! She has extensive formal dance training over the last 20+ years including ballet, jazz, modern, dance, hip-hop, and gymnastics. She received a scholarship to and attended the very prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts for Dance in Winston Salem., NC and was also chosen to attend the exclusive Governor’s School of North Carolina for Dance. She was also a professional cheerleader for the World League. She has instructed and choreographed dance and movement for everyone from pre-schoolers to debutantes, to collegiate dancers. She has taught group fitness classes to all populations from the early days of aerobics and step through the current trends of Pilates, Bosu, Cardio Box, and Muscle
Pump. She is a personal trainer as well. Betsy is the Owner, Co-Founder, and Head Kettlebell Instructor at Rapid Results Fitness located in Durham, NC. The studio specializes in group kettlebell training classes and personal training also utilizing yoga and joint mobility work and ropes. Betsy is currently certified as a Russian Kettlebell Instructor Level 2 (RKC II) , through Z Health Level I Certified Trainer,and through the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) to teach group Fitness, Pilates, and Personal Training. As an RKC Level 2 Instructor she has trained all walks of life from housewife, to elite athlete, to grandfather and everything in between. In addition, she instructs at the National RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge) certification courses that are taught throughout the year in various states. Just recently, she was appointed by Pavel Tsatsouline along with 9 other instructors to train the Navy SEALs in Kettlebell training. She also has competed nationally in Figure Competitions in the NPC and the NPA placing 2nd most recently in the summer of 2008 at the NPC Figure Competition.


Joe Roberts is a career NCO with 18 years of active duty service in the Army. His background covers both conventional and Special Operations units. He first contacted John Brookfield a few years ago to gain some knowledge on grip strength through the use of Kettlebells. However, after getting a small introduction to the training and methodology of the Battling Ropes, he completely changed his concept on physical/mental conditioning. From 'practical to tactical', Joe has used the Battling Ropes from a controlled environment here in the USA to combat zones to maintain conditioning at the highest level possible, despite less than ideal surroundings. He and teammates alike have used the Battling Ropes in
the USA, Horn of Africa, and even in Iraq. Recently, along with John Brookfield, Joe has personally used the Battling Ropes as a PROVEN form of rehabilitaion (injuries resulting from road side bomb/IED) to a form of hypoxic training combined with altitude generator systems. He’s also used his personal time to attend training such as 'Caveman Intructor' training, CrossFit level 1, CrossFit Nutrition Certification, CrossFit Basic Barbell Certification, Modern Army Combatives level 1 and 2, and The Pit Kaimuki Seminar.


James Woodall owner of Woodall’s Fitness Studio in Clayton, North Carolina. He has been a certified personal trainer since 1991 and has owned his own personal training company since 1993. James was a traveling personal trainer in Las Vegas and he traveled to client’s homes and offices all over the Las Vegas valley from 1991-2003. He graduated from UNLV in 1995 with a B.S. in Fitness and Sports Management with an emphasis in Kinesiology. The local TV news station KVBC which is an NBC affiliate, featured James on Sunday mornings as the local fitness expert. In 2003, my family and he moved to Selma, NC. In November 2004, James opened the doors to a by-appointment-only fitness studio. Also from 2004-2006, he was a volunteer firefighter and first responder with the Thanksgiving Fire Department in Selma, NC. James was certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 1991 as a personal fitness
trainer and held that certification from 1991-2006. Also in Las Vegas he was a Rehabilitation Specialist and Massage Therapist as well as Touch for Health certified. In April 2008, James took on a new certification called Z-Health. He is now R-phase certified and in July 2008, he will be taking the I-phase certification of Z-Health. In June 2008, James traveled to Minnesota to attend the RKC course and passed the RKC Challenge. For more information, contact at: 919-553-0700 or on the web at Woodall's Fitness Training.


Jon Bruney was the first to achieve the grueling Level II Battling Ropes certified status. Jon has been on The Today Show and is listed in Ripley's Believe It or Not. He, along with John Brookfield, recently set a new world record by pulling a 31,000-lbs.-plus semi truck for the distance of one mile in a time of one hour and thirty-six minutes. Thousands of people have witnessed one of Jon's Pressing the Limits motivational strength events. He is the pastor of Zion Missionary Church in Fremont, Indiana. Jon is also co-owner of Submit Strength Equipment, developers of the Battling Ropes Rope Pole.


Corey Beasley has been a successful personal trainer for 10 years. He has studied extensively in holistic nutrition, corrective exercise, performance training and have worked with a variety professional athletes, competitors and hundreds of other people. Before he joined with Innovative Results, Corey developed OC Physique, voted the #2 training company in Orange County by FOX LA.


Jeff DeRitter, CPT, chose the health and wellness path in High School. He always enjoyed working out, has been involved in multiple sports from a young age, and has a passion for being a role model and helping people. Jeff was voted All Sunset Second Team in 2003 for his role on Fountain Valley High School’s Men’s Basketball Team, and participated in both Cross Country as well as Track and Field. In 2009, Jeff took part in a personal development camp that pushed his body and mind to the absolute breaking point. This breakthrough led Jeff to the Innovative Results Team in June 2009 and since then he has been committed to helping his clients reach their goals and his enjoyment comes from their success.


Keri Newton, CPT, is a Northern California native with a double degree from the University of California at Davis. She believes that beauty and happiness start with the inside out, and fitness is not only important for physical health but mental health as well. In high school, she was active across all genres - lettering four years in tennis, and rewarded the Bank of America award in Musical Theatre. A true performance artist at heart; Keri has been trained in ballet, tap and modern dance. From 2007-2009, she was the coordinator of the Newport Beach NIKE run club which supports fitness and competition for the runners and walkers of Newport Beach. Keri received her physical fitness certification through the National College of Exercise Professionals and joined Innovative Results, Inc. in 2008.


Aaron Guyett is owner of Innovative Results, an Orange County personal training company, delivering effective, fun, and lasting fitness results in a new, different, and innovative way. Aaron, a Marine Corps Sergeant, specializes in warrior training. With his warrior heart and mind, he delivers tactful, strategic, and uncompromising results to our nation's finest military, federal, state, and local agents, preparing each warrior physically, mentally, and spiritually for their highly specialize and arduous missions and tasks. Aaron's tireless devotion to Innovative Results and the warrior community has been recorded in many publications and television broadcasts: Ms. Fitness magazine, OC Metro,, Fox News, and more. You can contact Aaron Guyett by phone at (714) 469-9338 or


Taylor Ramsdell, owner/founder of Chain Fitness in Los Angeles, CA, holds several nationally recognized certifications in the fitness industry. He also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University. He uses a combination of techniques to bring uniquely designed programs to all that train underneath him, according to each person's individual goals. His many years of professional experience and a lifetime in fitness has molded him into a coach that is always thinking outside of the box. Learning from many respected people in the fitness industry and always keeping an open mind to create from what he has learned, has helped him become a highly sought after coach. His whole philosophy of training is based on "never adhering to the status quo." His clients range from complete beginners to professional athletes. You can contact him for more information on
training, etc at (310) 909-9409 or


Kerry Timko is a high performance level strength and conditioning specialist. Timko has coached in the NFL and trained elite athletes competing at World Cup and Olympic levels. Coach Timko currently trains NHL athletes and has developed an elite level hockey training system under the web site, NHL Strength Coach. This one of a kind training system utilizes very unique exercises and training methods. Training expertise include: HBPE Degree, CSCS, Certified Exercise Physiologist, CST Coach, Tac-Fit Instructor, AKC, RKC 2, CK-FMS, Indian Club Instructor, Weight Lifting Coach (Canada), Battling Ropes Level 2, Founder Chief Instructor, Sport Performance Coach, L1 USA Weight Lifting, Tough Guy Workout, Founder and Race Coordinator – Superior Eco Adventure, and Founder & Chief Instructor - Snowshoe Wild - Extreme Canadian Adventure Snowshoe Camp. Coach Timko is available for online
training, coaching, workshops, and travel. Contact Kerry Timko at



Gwen is a degreed fitness professional with over 13 years experience working in the health and fitness industry. As a NASM-certified Personal Trainer and ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor with a comprehensive background in functional training and athletic conditioning, Gwen is equipped to empower you with training skills you will utilize for the rest of your life. Whether you are just starting your fitness journey or you are looking to take your conditioning and fitness to the next level, Gwen is here to tailor a program and classes to meet your specific needs. Believing that fitness will change your life in a significant way is what charges and fuels her passion for instructing and training. No matter what your personal goals may be (i.e. body fat loss, lean muscle gain, stress reduction, or increase to your overall strength and flexibility) she is here to assist you in achieving your current and long-term fitness goals. Her
philosophy is "Train smart, work efficiently, and play hard!!" Gwen is a Colorado native, just moving back to the Denver area after spending 10 years training and instructing in Scottsdale, AZ. She is a wife and busy mom who recognizes the importance of balancing a healthy and fit way of life, and also understands the challenges that come along with managing this balance. Gwen is the Fitness Director currently training and instructing at Easton Training Center, Denver, Colorado's premier MMA and Fitness Center.


Chip Morton graduated from North Carolina University in 1985 and spent his next six years as a strength and conditioning coach at the collegiate level where he worked with The Ohio State University and Penn State University. Chip is now in his 16th season as a head strength and conditioning coach in professional
football. Chip has recently become one of the first two professional football coaches to be certified in the Battling Ropes training system.


Ray Oliver has been involved in professional and college sports for over 23 years. Ray is currently a strength and conditioning coach with a professional football team. He has coached at major colleges such as the University of Kentucky and the University of Kansas. Ray has been a head strength and conditioning coach with
professional basketball and has spent his last four seasons coaching in professional football. Ray has recently become one of the first two professional football coaches to be certified in the Battling Ropes training system.


Scott is President and founder of Athletic Performance Incorporated (API) which is located in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. He has an athletic conditioning background that has lasted 20 years. Scott has two Associates of Arts degrees from North Hennepin Community College, a professional certificate in Law Enforcement and is MN POST Board
Certified. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota with a major in Kinesiology, Rhetoric and Sociology. Scott has owned, operated, and worked within the fitness and conditioning community in all aspects of employment (including work as a general fitness employee in a fitness center, as a personal trainer in a privately owned facility and as a strength and conditioning coach for athletes). He has also held numerous national certifications in the fitness/conditioning field as well as in the law enforcement defensive tactics field. Scott has designed and implemented strength and conditioning programs for amateur and professional athletes. His strength and conditioning programs are highly sought after and he has been an invited speaker for many seminars within the fitness field. Scott is the founder of the Caveman Training™ system. Scott currently trains over twenty top professional, college and amateur athletes. He has also been a certified instructor of police officers in many different disciplines over the past eight years. He is also currently strength & fitness coach for UFC stars Brock Lesnar and Sean Sherk, and Muay Thai/MMA star Kaitlin Young.


Matt has been a police officer for 10 years in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a certified personal trainer, and an API Caveman Training instructor. He is also a fitness instructor with the Minneapolis Police Department . Finally, he is the Vice President of Athletic Performance, Inc., located in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. He is also currently strength & fitness
coach for UFC stars Brock Lesnar and Sean Sherk, and Muay Thai/MMA star Kaitlin Young.


Justin Chin is the first certified ‘Battling Ropes’ coach in California. He has been a personal trainer since 2003 after his leave from the United States Marine Corps where he served as a Sergeant during the invasion of Iraq. Justin has acquired numerous certifications and credentials through well accredited organizations such as the National
Academy of Sports Medicine, National Council on Strength and Fitness, Kettlebell Concepts, USA Weightlifting, and USA Powerlifting. Justin represented the U.S. Olympic Committee and 24 Hour Fitness during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics as a Fitness Ambassador, assisting U.S. athletes at the High Performance Training Center. Justin specializes in combat, high endurance sports, pre and postnatal training, weight loss, and muscle development. He can be reached at 415-518-6500 or via email at


Julio Anta is the owner of Anta's Fitness and Self Defense in Miami (Doral), FL. He has been involved in fitness and martial arts for over 35 years. He was a competitive bodybuilder in the early 80s. He has been featured and written articles for numerous martial arts and fitness magazines. He has also appeared on numerous local, national and
international TV shows. He is the video author of "Shaolin Physical Conditioning" DVD. He is a Hung Gar Master Kung Fu Master. He is also certified in Haganah F.I.G.H.T. (Fierce Israeli Guerrilla Hand to hand Tactics), SABER Edge Weapons Combatives, Fitness Kickboxing, ISSA Fitness Instructor, Kettlebell Concepts Kettlebell Instructor, IYCA (International Youth Conditioning Association) Youth Fitness Specialist, Dr. Terrence Webster-Doyle Martial Arts for Peace Bully Buster instructor and ACMA (American Council of Martial Arts) certified Martial Arts Instructor by the Copper Institute. His also operates another website,


Frank DiMeo is the owner of CrossFit Gulf Coast and is certified as a CrossFit Level 1 Instructor and in CrossFit Level 1 Kettlebells. He is an NSCA-CPT and a USAW Club Coach. Frank has also completed the Dave Schmitz Reactive Resistance Band Workshop, Mike Mahler's Level 1 Kettlebell Seminar, the Kettlebell Concepts Level 1 Seminar and the
Tom Mitchell Strongman Basics program. He has over 25 years of martial arts experience and pioneered a full-contact fight club starting in 1974.


Steven Mosley is a coach with the Battling Ropes System and works closely with John Brookfield on many other projects. Steven has over two decades of law enforcement and corrections experience. He currently serves as the Director of Training for Force One Readiness and the Georgia Tactical Officers Association. In
addition to work-related experience, Steven has practiced martial arts for over 20 years and holds a first-degree black belt in Chinese Kenpo Karate, Filipino Kali, is a Senior Instructor under the British Combat Association and is also an Apprentice Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts & Jun Fan Gung Fu under Guro Dan Inosanto. Within the fitness arena, Steven’s accomplishments include USA Weightlifting Club Coach, a certified American Kettlebell Club Lifting Coach, a Crossfit© Level One Trainer and an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer. He is also a certified Warrior Diet/CFT Level Two Instructor. Steven is owner and founder of a martial arts/fitness training business, Combat Hard Fitness & Fighting, located in the Atlanta area.


Bruce Pahl is the owner of Immortal Martial Arts & a certified Battling Ropes® coach under John Brookfield. Immortal Martial Arts is a leader in the industry & provides quality combat training & protective gear & Wing Chun/JKD wooden training dummies. Bruce is a certified Full instructor in Jeet Kune Do & Filipino martial arts
under Paul Vunak & Progressive Fighting Systems. He received a black belt in Chinese Kempo Karate in 1994 from Chuck Sullivan & Vic Leroux. Bruce is certified trainer in Circular Strength Training (Clubbells®) under Scott Sonnon. He has worked in the fitness industry as a gym manager, personal fitness trainer and nutritional consultant. Bruce specializes in functional stretch training, fitness & nutrition. He is available for individual or group instruction and certification in the Battling Ropes System in Jeet Kune Do Concepts & Filipino Martial Arts. Bruce served five year in the U.S. Army in the medical/dental field earning his expert field medic & EMT certification. He is an active member & leader in Family life Church & has been married for 25 years and has one daughter. To contact, email Bruce or call 866-515-6555.


Charlie Lysak is the founder of Primal Strength & Conditioning, which is a dynamic program for developing strength for real fighting, as well as virtually every other athletic endeavor. Lysak is one of the original Ironmind Captains of Crush. He is also a certified coach in the Battling Ropes System, under
John Brookfield. Being the son of reality fighting pioneer Grandmaster Walt Lysak Sr., Charlie Lysak has over 30 years experience in the martial arts and is well known for his expertise in reality fighting as well as strength training. He is a 9th degree Black Belt and co-founder of the Sento Method. Additionally, Lysak holds the rank of 7th degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu, 6th Degree Black Belt in Pankration, 6th Degree Black Belt in Kickboxing under the legendary Joe Lewis, as well as high level ranks in several other styles and systems. Lysak has been a coach for many Champion submission grappling and MMA fighters, more than 40 of them nationally rated in the Top Ten. Lysak is a member of numerous Martial Arts Halls of Fame, and has received many accolades for both, martial arts and strength training.


David Morgan has a Masters Degree in Health and Exercise Physiology. Additionally, he is credentialed as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, with Distinction and National Strength and Conditioning Assoc. Certified Personal Trainer with Distinction (CSCS-D). Dave is also a Level I
Kettlebell Instructor with KBC. Dave is President/Owner of Enhanced Fitness and Performance Inc. and he is a certified Red Cross Instructor. Dave coached wrestling for 36 years at Maple Heights High School, one of Ohio’s premier wrestling programs. Dave has also coached football, cross-country and track & field. Dave was also a nationally-ranked Masters Track and Field athlete and a competitive power lifter. Dave has coached hundreds of successful high school athletes in all of those sports, many going on to be outstanding competitors in college, including All-Americans in all 3 NCAA Divisions.


Hakim Isler is the Founder of Elite Guard, LLC, a martial arts, fitness and security training company. He has been involved in the martial arts for 22 years and in the security field for the 8 years. He is a second-degree black belt in To-Shin Do (modern ninjutsu) as taught by world-renowned author and Black Belt Hall of Fame member Stephen K. Hayes. He is an ongoing protection specialist student of Executive Security International and is also part of the Spirit Quest Dojo. Hakim is a published author of I Choose to Act, a women’s self-empowerment book, and the forthcoming Battlefield Proximity Combat. In addition to the books, Hakim has also developed and instructed two curriculums, Assailant Countering Tactics (A.C.T.), a women’s self-defense system and Battlefield Proximity Combat (B.P.C.), a military combatives system. Hakim is a certified CrossFit and Battling Ropes instructor. He is also a certified
Conceal Carry, NRA basic pistol, and Personal Protection in the Home instructor. Hakim has also appeared in a Discovery Channel “Unsolved History” episode on the Ninja and in several Martial Arts instructional videos.


Chief (Jim) Brabon is one of only three Battling Ropes® Coaches in Australia personally certified by John Brookfield himself, and as Regional Master Trainer for Australia and the Asia-Pacific, is responsible for conducting Battling Ropes certifications throughout the region. Chief is the Director of Training & Development for the
Grunt Athletic Group. Grunt Athletic’s Tactical Strength & Conditioning Academy (TSCA) is the premier provider of role specific functional physical trainer certifications for Public Safety and Military personnel throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The TSCA’s Tactical & Operational Performance Coach® certification proudly incorporates aspects of John’s Battling Ropes® System. A former Australian Army Infantry Soldier, Chief has dedicated over 18 years to providing cutting edge physical training programs to both Military & Public Safety personnel right around the world. Chief is best known as the founder and co-owner of the largest civilian bootcamp fitness provider in the Southern Hemisphere ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP, and is a regular contributor to military, public safety and civilian magazines on the subject of results based functional fitness training, Chief has also appeared on over twenty Australian and International television programs, and has been featured in dozens of newspaper and magazine articles world wide. For more information regarding Battling Ropes® certification workshops or training services throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region visit, or contact Chief directly on +61 437 770 030.


Emily Brabon is the co-owner of the largest civilian bootcamp fitness provider in the Southern Hemisphere ORIGINAL BOOTCAMP. Australia’s most experienced, and respected female Bootcamp Master Trainer, Em has appeared on numerous television programs and has contributed to many of the country’s leading women’s publications.
Along with her husband ‘Chief’, Em is one of only three Battling Ropes® Coaches in Australia personally certified by John Brookfield himself. A Tactical Strength® and CrossFit® certified Instructor, with more than 11 years experience in fitness leadership, Em has recently joined the Grunt Athletic Group’s Tactical Strength & Conditioning Academy (TSCA), assisting in the instruction of certification workshops to both civilians and Public Safety personnel. To contact Em, email her at or call +61 2 9310 0089.


Ana Browne (ANABELL), is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) based in the DC, MD, and VA area. She is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Ana is also a certified Kettlebell Instructor through several organizations (Cross-Fit, IKFF and Tactical Athlete), a certified battling ropes instructor, a TRX certified instructor and BFIT-Certified Flexibility Training Instructor. Through years of experience training herself and others to meet various fitness goals, Ana has become a diverse trainer with a complete understanding of how to help people improve their physical health through nutrition and exercise. ANABELL also assists Jeff Martone with teaching Kettlebell certifications through Tactical Athlete. ANABELL is the founder and master trainer at ANABELLS FITNESS LLC. She also is the founder of KETTLEBELL CHICKS fitness T-shirts. Her fitness certifications include: NASM-
Certified personal trainer, CROSSFIT- Certified Kettlebell teacher L1, IKFF- Certified Kettlebell teacher L1, TACTICAL ATHLETE- Certified Kettlebell teacher L1, BATTLING ROPES- Certified battling ropes teacher L1, TRX- Certified TRX teacher, TACTICAL ATHLETE ASSISTANT KETTLEBELL INSTRUCTOR- Partner with Jeff Martone, BFIT- Certified flexibility instructor.


Chad Faulkner has served for 11 years in the U.S. Army. His experience includes Airborne Infantry and Special Operations units. He is often sought after in the unit he serves in for superior physical training and has been a leader for 9 years. He can be reached for training at

Mindy Gagliardi is an ACE certified personal trainer. She is also an avid runner, racing anywhere from 5 to 50K's and everything in between. Mindy has qualified for the Boston Marathon 3 times and consistently places in her age group at local running events. Mindy loves to train others to become faster, smarter, more efficient and happier runners. Not a runner yet, she loves helping you get started too! Mindy also loves to work with young athletes. A former teacher, basketball and track coach, she is uniquely qualified to train young people. Mindy was also a NCAA Div-II All-American and National Player of the Year in basketball as well as 1st team all state in high school. Mindy knows how to train to get the most out of your ability in a way that is fun, safe and effective. She operated Outstanding Personal Training, Inc. in Fuquay-Varina, NC.

Gary Rock is a personal trainer in the Long Island area of New York where he has worked for the past 6 years helping clients from all walks of life to achieve their fitness goals. In addition to being a certified Battling Ropes Level I coach, he has also received a Holistic Lifestyle Coaching certification through the CHEK Institute and is certified in Functional Movement Screening by Gray Cook and Lee Burton. These and several other certifications give him a very Holistic approach to training. He uses any modality that he feels will help benefit his clients and bring them closer to their goals in a safe and effective manner. In addition to personal training, Gary also conducts local seminars on Kettlebell training that are geared toward personal trainers wanting to improve their knowledge base. He has a passion for learning and teaching and it shows in the way he conducts himself both personally and
professionally. His third passion, next to personal training and educating other trainers, is training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a purple belt under UFC competitor Matt Serra and trains out of his school in Huntington Long Island. Gary has helped several up and coming BJJ competitors and MMA fighters get ready for their competitions and fights in the past year and plans to pursue fighter preparation a little more seriously in the next couple of years. The Battling Ropes system is one of the key tools he uses in that endeavor. Gary can be reached at and at (516) 946-2000.


D.J. White is CEO and Founder of P & P Journey's, LLC, in Minnesota. She is certified as a personal trainer, a golf biomechanic, a corrective exercise specialist, and pilates instructor. As a tenured professional of 17 years, she has worked for and participated with profit and non-profit organizations. She has competed in body building and power lifting with her favorite lift being a 345 pound deadlift! In the endurance arena she has completed olympic distance triathlons in Disney and Maui, a Century Ride in Tahoe, and the Honolulu Marathon. DJ is available for 1:1 and group training in the Twin Cities Metro Area and can be contacted via her website at or via her email at


Roger Frei is a Battling Ropes coach from Australia. He has always been involved with fitness. Roger raced BMX from the age of 4, competing at the state level between 8 and 12 years old. He has done 5 years of various martial arts ranging from taekwando, ninjutsu, muaythai kickboxing, and boxing. Roger competed in the INBA, he is an accredited personal trainer with Certificate III in fitness, Certificate III as a sports trainer, and a diploma in fitness. Roger is able to incorporate a lot of stability and balance, modified gymnastic strength exercises, kettlebells, Battling Ropes and every other item which may be used to help with fitness. He trains every age group of the population from children to athletes to disabled & elderly. He helps a lot of clients with rehabilitation from injuries. Roger is always attending gym education programs, workshops and certifications, especially for exercises on the shoulders
and back. While he is not a dietitian, Roger has in-depth and extensive knowledge in nutrition. He has been a personal trainer for 6 years and was the manager of Perfect Balance, a personal training studio. Roger just loves to help people train and reach their potential, which has helped him keep on track with being a psychologist specializing in sport & exercise. He is currently in his third year as a student of psychology at the Curtin University of Technology. He works out of the Perfect Balance studio and recently, to a large request, started doing mobile personal training under the name of Body, Mind & Soul: Personal Training by Roger Frei. Roger can be contacted by phone at 0412513577 or via email at


Truong Tran has always been a fan of health and fitness. Growing up, he has been involved in soccer, martial arts, basketball, and football. Truong has obtained certifications with the American Aerobic Association International & International Sports Medicine Association, the National Council On Strength & Fitness and is now a Battling Ropes Level I Coach. Truong has spent the past 14 years inside the gym and has been consistently advancing both physically and mentally, thus giving him plenty of hands-on experience in changing the composition of the human body. The Battling Ropes training system has allowed him to take his training for himself and his clients to the next level. Consistent balance is the key to any health and fitness goal. Truong is located in the South Charlotte Area and he can be contacted via email at or call 704-806-1323.


John McKenna has been the Athletic Performance Director for all Notre Dame High School Athletic Teams for the last 11 years. In addition, he has over 25 years experience as a strength coach from youth to professional athletes. Some of his clients include NFL, USL, and MLB athletes. He is also the Strength Coach for Rider University Swimming and Diving and TCNJ football. Coach McKenna was the first strength coach inducted into the NJ Coaches Hall of Fame. He also has and continues to consult for several collegiate, semi professional and professional organizations. Coach McKenna not only enhances lives through his Character and Athletic Performance Training programs and camps, but is a highly sought after speaker for Hammer Strength, Collins Athletic Performance, NJ Strength Coaches Association, and other collegiate and professional organizations. The Irish Strength Program has been
highlighted in local and national publications and Coach McKenna is recognized, nationally, as a leader in the field of strength and conditioning.


Carl Sipes has been a Certified Personal Trainer for over 8 years. He graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education, majoring in Exercise Science and Kinesiology. His certifications include; RKC Level I(Russian Kettlebell Challenge), CK-FMS (Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist), IYCA Level I(International Youth Conditioning Association), and now Battling Ropes Level I Coach. Carl currently works with a wide variety of clientele who's needs range from rehabilitative to strength training and athletic enhancement.


Chad Hallett is a well-recognized Sports Performance Coach and Personal Trainer in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area. He has been active in the fitness industry for 7+ years. Chad is now the owner of Adrenaline Sports, LLC; A Sports Performance and Personal Training facility located in Pennsauken, NJ, which offers one-on-one training, group fitness, strength & conditioning for athletes of all levels, as well as corporate wellness and massage therapy. As an avid trainer, Chad knows the importance of taking care of the body and has a desire to be a great influence on others. His dedication and respect for fitness not only helps him continue to improve with his own training, but motivates and inspires his clients to attain their personal goals. Chad has worked with athletes from grade school to the professional level. He also works with clients for general fitness in various levels as well as special populations. Chad has
obtained certifications from USA Weightlifting as a Sports Performance Coach and International Sports Sciences Association as a Specialist in Sports Conditioning, Fitness Therapy, and Personal Training. In addition to the certifications, he has earned the Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor title from RKC Master Mike Mahler and Level 1 Coach under John Brookfield’s Battling Ropes training System. Chad is also a Licensed Certified Massage Therapist.


Chris Miller created the fitness company, Maximum Fitness, in 1995. Maximum Fitness has been providing fitness training in Columbia, Maryland for 15 years. They enjoy working with clients of all ages, ranging from school-aged children through the mature adult. Chris is a Level I Battling Ropes certified coach, Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Sports Nutrition certified, and Spin Certified. He acquired his motivation for the fitness industry when he was in 8th grade. He was an overweight child growing up, and was lazy and not interested in exercising. Chris considered himself to be de-conditioned, angry, lacking of motivation and in possession of zero energy. He started lifting weights in 8th grade, and decided to change the way he looked and felt. Through exercise and a healthy diet, Chris transformed himself into a healthier person. He's full of energy, enthusiastic, positive, and optimistic about life. He has
since made a commitment to himself as well as to everyone that he works with as clients, volunteers or inspirational role models. He vows that he shall put forth 100% effort into helping people reach their health and fitness goals.


Dina Juve is owner of Kettlebells of Fresno and is an Certified RKC Russian Kettlebell Instructor and Certified Battling Ropes Coach. Dina Juve has 10 years Personal Training & Nutrition experience, plus a lifetime of gaining and losing weight. At 6 she was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis and spent years not being active. At 21 she finally took charge, changed her life and started a new journey to become educated on living a healthy lifestyle. She is passionate about helping her clients reach their fitness and nutrition goals. Dina Juve is in the Clovis/Fresno California area. Visit her web site at or contact her at You can also contact her at (559) 281-0853.

Lauren Brooks is the creator of "The Ultimate Body Sculpt and Conditioning with Kettlebells" DVD's Volume 1, 2 and 3. She is also the creator of the only pregnancy kettlebell DVD "Baby Bells". Lauren is a Russian Kettlebell Instructor, RKC Team Leader, ACE Fitness Trainer, Clinical Nutritionist, and now Battling Ropes Certified based in California. Lauren earned her B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness, Nutrition, and Health. Lauren makes sure to emphasize Nutrition, Lifestyle, Exercise, and a positive mental attitude in peoples lives. She offers online nutrition, online workout programs, and live workshops world wide. Lauren is a proud mother of 2 little girls and inspired others that going through pregnancies and surgeries do not have to be an excuse. Lauren has had the privilege of helping and inspiring thousands of people from all walks of life achieve their fitness dreams. For more information visit her
website and blog at Lauren encourages people to email her with questions at


Dr. Ricardo Nieves is originally from Puerto Rico were he completed his undergraduate education and Medical School. He did his Internship at Mayo Clinic and Residency Training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Temple University Hospital. He completed a Fellowship in Interventional Spine and Pain Management under Fluoroscopic Guidance at Georgia Pain Physicians. Dr. Nieves is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He also has sub-specialty Board Certifications in Sports Medicine and Pain Medicine (ABMS). Dr. Nieves is also a National Strength and Conditioning Association -Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Dr. Nieves was also an Outstanding Athlete representing Puerto Rico in Judo and wining numerous Regional, National and International Judo Tournament including USA Junior Nationals. He also won University Puerto Rico Games in Judo and represented Puerto Rico at
the University Olympic Games in Kobe, Japan, 1985. He also won the 1993 USA Sombo National Championship. He is a 3rd degree (SAN DAN) in Judo. He completed the Russian Kettlebell Challenge Instructor Certification Program in May, 2007 RKC Level I in Denmark and the Russian Kettlebell Challenge Level II Instructor Certification Program in June 2007. He served as an Assistant Instructor at the RKC Instructor Certification Program in Denmark in 2008, at the First HKC Certification in Saint Paul, MN in 2009 and at the HKC Certification in Denver in 2010. He was promoted to RKC Team Leader in March of 2010. Dr. Nieves serves as a Team Physician for USA Judo in Regional, National and International Competitions and Judo Training Camps. He also served in Medical Staff at the Olympic Trials 2004 and 2008 and is a Volunteer Physician for The United States Olympic Training Center (Volunteer Physician Program). He presented at National and International Sports Medicine Meetings and co-author articles and book chapters in Spine related topics. He is a Certified as National level Judo Coach through USA Judo. He is being involved in Ring Side Physician for Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing and is a member of The American Association of Professional Ring Side Physicians where he was a Featured Speaker in the 2007 AAPRP Medical Conference. Dr. Nieves completed the Level I Battling Ropes Certification in March of 2010 under the direction of Battling Ropes creator John Brookfield. Dr. Nieves incorporates his extensive medical training and knowledge together with his Strength, Functional Conditioning , Kettlebells and newly acquired Battling Ropes knowledge to provide his clients with a unique training experience. He is also available for workshops, lectures and seminars. Now at his new state of the art location in Fort Collins, Colorado he is able to have his two life passions (Medicine and Functional Training) under one roof. For more information visit us at or


Dave Mac Donald, IYCA Youth Fitness Specialist, is a middle school PE teacher in Fillmore CA and a successful HS coach for the past 20 years across many different playing fields including, football, softball, soccer, and golf just to name a few. Dave is currently the Asst. Head coach/Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Fillmore HS softball program and Head Girls golf coach at FHS. Dave is known for his innovative approaches in getting kids active and his PE classes are known for their high energy and competitive spirit. One of Dave’s biggest accomplishments professionally was bringing the sport of skateboarding to his PE classes and his class became the first in CA to offer skateboarding as part of it’s PE curriculum. Dave enjoys pushing himself to the limit physically and Battling Ropes is one of the best tools in his toolbox to get that done.

Francisco Manuel Diaz is an AFFA-certified Injury Prevention Specialist. He is also an ex-Military CQC expert with over 17 years of martial arts experience. Francisco is a World California Hwarangdo Association tournament sparring and forms champion gold medalist. He is currently the Personal Training Director at Bally Total Fitness at 1545 Hanover Rd., City of Industry, California, 91748. Francisco can be reached at (626) 839-3222.

Tara McCue was born and lived most of her life in Southern California. At a very young age, she developed a love for physical activity and began taking gymnastics and competing in sprints during middle school. She signed up for her first gym membership at the age of 16 and quickly learned the importance of executing proper form and technique while exercising. Over the years, Tara remained active by playing tennis, competing in races, and participating in any new form of fitness that peaked her curiosity. After getting married in 2008, Tara stopped making healthy choices and stopped exercising. She was unhappy, sick all of the time, and overweight. She knew that eating healthy and exercising were the only solutions and she began making positive changes in her life once again. After overcoming her own personal challenges, Tara decided to pursue what she was most passionate about –
health and fitness. She immediately began taking classes and further educating herself in exercise science and nutrition. Tara received her fitness specialist certificate and joined the Innovative Results team in 2010. She truly believes that a happy and fulfilling life begins with physical health and fitness, and nothing makes her happier than being able to help others overcome challenges and realize their full potential.


Ruben Cervantes is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine with specializations in athletic performance enhancement and corrective exercise. He is currently a personal trainer at Bally Total Fitness. To get a hold of him email him at


Sean Armstead is the co-owner of Phenomenal Fitness, a personal training gym located in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago. A former U.S. Marine Corps Captain, Sean has received several fitness-related awards, and has over 16 years of personal training experience. His expertise is further evidenced by the numerous personal training, fitness, and nutrition certifications he holds, which include: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Personal Trainer -National Strength and Conditioning Association, PTA Global Certified Personal Trainer, Youth Fitness Specialist Level One, Battling Ropes Coach Level One, Certified Personal Trainer-National Academy of Sports Medicine, Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach Level II -Chek Institute, Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certification, Certified Kettlebell Trainer -International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation, Certified Coach - American Kettlebell Club, Master Trainer - American Kettlebell Club, and SCW Mania 2010 Kettlebell Instructor (Philadelphia, San Francisco, Orlando, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Boston)


Ryan Mallett is an Olympic Weightlifting Coach based in central NJ, training out of the Bridgewater Sports Arena. His focus is form and function in Personal/Athletic Training and Sports Nutrition to help his clients/athletes achieve their genetic potential and reach beyond their perceived fitness levels. Although Ryan has become more specialized in athletic training & sports performance, he uses many different applications to push his clients in many different demographics. Ryan's client roster boasts a CEO of a major pharmacutical company, a Vice President of a large publishing company as well as local football, hockey and MMA athletes. He is a USAW Olympic Weightlifting Coach, AAAI/ISMA Certified Sports Nutrition & Supplement Consultant, TRX Certified Trainer, Battling Ropes Level I Coach, CFKB Certified Kettlebell Instructor and National Physique Committee Official. You can reach Ryan at or by phone at 732-763-1329 for consultations and scheduling.


Jason Turko is co-owner of Instinct Fitness. He has a wide variety of fitness-related experiences and certifications. Jason is a former Navy Corpsman who served with the first Marine Division. He has 11 years of training in Muay Thai that took him to Thailand twice. Jason has several Kettlebell Instructor Certifications (RKC, AKC, IKFF). He also practices Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching, a system of stretching and deep tissue release made popular by Olympic swimmer Dara Torres. Jason has trained clients from all walks of life from grandmothers to Marine Corps Special Forces Operators (MARSOC). Jason can be reached at or 724-413-6664.


Ron Hebb is the founder of the Hebb Institute of Martial Arts and the Hebb Institute of Performance Enhancement. The Institutes are located near Hagerstown, Maryland. He began his martial arts studies in 1988 and his professional fitness career began in 1995. In addition to holding a Master of Sport Science degree in Sports Fitness Management from the United States Sports Academy, Ron holds numerous certifications, which include the CSCS, NSCA-CPT, the Certified Functional Movement Screen Specialist credential and the HKC. Throughout his career, Ron has continually sought out the best professionals in their respective domains. In the past, he has trained with Gray Cook on three occasions and completed the first three levels of the Athletes’ Performance mentorship program. Always yearning to learn from the best, Ron contacted the Battling Ropes creator John Brookfield to
arrange for his private training. For nearly 12 years, Ron served as the Exercise & Training Program Manager for HQBN, HQMC Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia. During his tenure, he served as a Subject Matter Expert during the development of E-learning courses on Physical Fitness and Injury Prevention; he presented at the Marine Corp Fitness Directors’ Conference and the Magda Institute Association’s International Instructor Conference; and he designed and implemented strength and conditioning programs for an All-Marine Corps rugby player, an All-Navy sprinter, and a professional boxer. Currently, Ron is the Manager of Physical Training and Wellness for the Frederick County Division of Fire & Rescue Services. In addition to his strength and conditioning credentials, Ron is a Certified Martial Arts Instructor through the Magda Institute Association.


"My name is Scott Garman out of Phoenix Arizona, welled I am proud to say I am the first one to be certified in Arizona under Battling Ropes. I am an ex-bodybuilder; I have done all types of training, and kettle bells, cross training, power lifting, sand bags, cave man, and so on. My very first response to Johns methods, “WOW THIS IS AMAZING “. I am 46 years old; my major concern with this rope training was my joints. My joints always act up when I do different things or weight training, some times the ice on the joints. Well not one time did I have any joint pain, nor did I have to ice. I am a recreation/fitness coordinator for a juvenile detention center. I use the youth as my test subjects on all new styles of training. Well the ropes by far are the most effective tool I have there. It engages the youth, its challenges them, brings out the competitiveness in them. A great coping skill. I also work part time in a lock down treatment
center for youth, again the ropes curve there anger issues, engages there mind and body. The company has me running rope classes now and also for certain youth that are agitated, very powerful tool. So thank you John, you made me feel at home, you catered to my fitness and training needs. The best training I have ever had. Since my certification my phone rings off the hook. Your program has it all."


Jeremy Gump is a certified API Caveman Training instructor. He is also a HKC instructor. He is the President of, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

David Jacobson has always been an avid fitness fanatic, participating in triathlons, tennis, soccer and rugby just to name a few. He is now owner of fusion2fitness which embraces the mind and body. With his experience not only in the fitness business, but also a chef, he gives nutritional guidance and prepares healthy, convenient meals for his clients. He enjoys training and getting creative using the natural elements that the environment has to offer whether on a beach, parks, trails or any open spaces. He is a Certified Battling Ropes Instructor and a Personal Trainer. David can be reached at (786) 436-0697 for a consultation.

Desiree Dominguez was born and raised an athlete. She played soccer as a center midfielder for over ten years and received a scholarship to Cal Poly Pomona. After being blessed with her beautiful daughter, she decided to hang up her cleats and focus on helping other reach their fitness goals. Desiree prides herself on being a well-rounded and dynamic trainer. Weather the goal be weight loss, injury rehabilitation, muscle gain, or sport specific training, Desiree Dominguez can help her clients reach their fitness goals. Desiree is a certified trainer through NESTA and is currently training at Bally Total Fitness. To contact Desiree, email

Adriene Ingalls is the Director of Premier Pilates & Yoga, with two locations in New York City and Westchester, NY. She is a Master Instructor Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Pilates Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Yoga Therapist and Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner with over 15 years experience teaching Yoga, Pilates, Personal Training, Thai Massage and Yoga Therapy. Adriene was extremely privileged to study extensively with two protégées of Joseph Pilates: Romana Kryzanowska (3 years) and Kathleen Stanford Grant (13 1/2 years). Adriene currently holds four Personal Training Certifications, and Five full Pilates Certifications as well as certifications in Pilates for Pregnancy, Rehabilitation, Functional Training, TRX and Osteoporosis. She was one of the first Pilates Instructors to be awarded the Gold Certified Pilates Instructor Designation by the Pilates Method Alliance. Adriene is also a Multi-certified
Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist. She is certified in the Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Kripalu Styles of Yoga, Prenatal-postpartum Yoga, Yoga for Osteoporosis, Yoga for Heart Disease & Cancer, Thai Yoga Bodywork and Yoga Therapy. Adriene's interest in, and extensive study of anatomy, biomechanics, yoga therapy and rehabilitation has led to her specializing in working with Athletes, Musicians, Seniors, people with chronic pain and injuries, Prenatal/Postpartum, Osteoporosis, Heart Disease, Cancer and other special populations. Adriene worked as a Master Presenter for the Spinning Program for over four years certifying hundreds of Spinning Instructors throughout the United States. Additionally Adriene has been a Master Presenter for Peak Pilates and Resistaball. As a Master Instructor, Personal Trainer and Movement Specialist, Adriene has presented Instructor Certifications and Workshops in yoga, pilates, yoga therapy, personal training, muscle release techniques and post-rehabilitation throughout the United States and abroad. She is also a NYC Marathoner, Competitive Cyclist and an accomplished Classical Pianist who lives in New York City. Adriene can be contacted at 914-235-1250 or Her website is


Daryn Campbell was born in Fresno and exceled all types of sports as she grew up on the California coast. She moved to Phoenix in 1981 where she focused on swimming and fast pitch softball. During her high school athletic career she fell in love with nutrition, health and fitness. Daryn has competed in several bodybuilding and figure competitions. In 2002 she took home trophies in both the Western Regional Bodybuilding and in the Rocky Mountain Natural Figure. Daryn has been an instructor of group fitness classes such as extreme condition boot camps, spin and box aerobics for the last 12 years. Along with her Battling Ropes Level I Certification, Daryn has advanced training certifications in JHK Sandbag and Kettlebell Training and TRX Suspension Training. She will be attending the Coaches Retreat in Phoenix, AZ in May 2011. Acquiring her Battling Ropes Level II Training Certification is
Daryn’s next goal. Throughout her 10 year career as a personal trainer she has helped numerous clients achieve their fitness goals of sculpting their bodies, building lean muscle and shedding unwanted body fat. She has had great success in educating her clients on the importance of nutrition and how to modify their eating habits. Daryn has also trained local fitness and figure competitors, competitive bodybuilders and high school and college athletes. Daryn appreciates the opportunity to further her education and attends fitness, nutrition and specialized training seminars regularly. She also values the time she spent training with Cathy LeFrancois (three time New York Pro Champion and Ms. Olympia competitor). Since she has been exposed to The Battling Ropes and Caveman Training techniques, Daryn has seen a drastic improvement in her physique and conditioning. “Train hard, but train smart and always look for the opportunity to better yourself.”


Joe Pavel, Founder of Pavel Fitness, LLC. Joe believes that much as bodybuilding had its golden age back in the fifties and sixties, the kettlebell golden age is happening right now. Don’t be left behind, become part of the kettlebell phenomenon. Joe employs an honest, fun, tough-love approach with all of his clients and believes that through the power of positive thinking and visioning, together, we can achieve more than you ever dreamed possible. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, your right either way.” In an effort to learn more advanced techniques for use with warriors in the military, police, firefighting, martial arts, grappling and tactical communities, Joe has completed the 1st ever “Level 2” Kettlebells for Combat Applications. I've also been through the RKC Personal Training Specialist Challenge in June 2006. Joe is constantly researching: Z-Health, Anatomy,
Physiology, Exercise Science, Motivation, Psychology and always inventing new combinations of exercises. He can be reached at (651) 246-7180 or via email at


Altaf Rahamatulla is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council On Strength and Fitness, Certified Battling Ropes Coach, Certified Training for Warriors (TFW) Instructor, Certified Kettlebell Instructor, Certified Jump Rope Coach, D.V.R.T (Dynamic Variable Resistance Training) Coach, Indian club, TRX Level 1, Jump Stretch (Flex Band), and USA Boxing Association: Licensed Fitness Trainer. Altaf also is certified in several of the Martial Arts: White Tiger Kempo (Black Belt) / Taekwondo (Black Belt) and Hapkido / Word Seido Karate Organization (Brown Belt) / Jeet Kune Do (Phase 3). He currently trains general population and professional / amateur athletes (Sports / Boxing / MMA) in strength and conditioning, using his accumulated knowledge, research, and experience in the development of his strength and conditioning program, which is a group and individual
conditioning service utilizing movement based solutions to release the athlete inside of you. The Battling Ropes, Chain Reaction and Beyond Bodyweight has taken him as a strength and conditioning coach to another level. Thank you, John Brookfield! Coach Altaf can be contact at (215) 310-8203, or his website,


Josh was born and raised in Florida and now resides in Southern California. As a former standout college Punter at Concordia University – St. Paul, MN, Josh was an integral part of the team’s success by being named to the All-Conference, All-Region and All-American team and nominated as the team’s motivational speaker. Through this, he discovered he had a passion for helping others achieve personal success by conquering new goals. From a young age, Josh has always had a desire for success in athletics competing in football, baseball, wrestling, and track and field. He has taken these experiences and applied it to his relentless effort for the knowledge given in the personalized training for his clients. As Josh puts it, “my passion is helping people achieve what they never thought possible.” He has spent the last 12 years honing his craft through the classroom, conventions, and being mentored by elite
Physical Therapists, Orthopedists, and Strength Coaches. He has utilized these relationships to build an extensive client list of individuals with varying degrees of fitness levels. Josh still dedicates time to his original love of football by traveling across the country as a Senior Instructor with During his time away from the gym, Josh enjoys golf, cooking, saltwater fishing, and recreational sports with his buddies. “To make people stronger, move better, longer and more efficiently.” Contact Josh at OmniSport at 714-623-8854.


Monique LaFontaine-Tomaso, owner of Ultimate Kickboxing and Fitness in Redlands, CA is a certified personal fitness trainer through the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association. Through her studies and experiences, Monique has gained a strong foundational knowledge of functional human anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise programming and nutrition. With her current schooling and aspiration to become a kinesiologist, all of her personal training has a strong focus on science and evidence based-practice in order to efficiently transition clients into a healthier lifestyle. To broaden her scope of expertise, Monique pursued her certification with Russian Kettlebells in 2009 and is an approved assistant for any future Russian Kettlebell Certification programs. Most recently, she pursued her certification with Battling Ropes. She also has continued CEUs in Body Weight
Strength Training, Double Kettlebell Lifts, and is currently working on her Food Psychology Certification. As an avid aerobic kickboxer for over 13 years, Monique enjoys teaching Aerobic Kickboxing, Sculpt, and Kettlebell classes at her gym which she proudly operates in Redlands, CA . She strives to provide clients with a gym that emphasizes quality training with safety as a main priority.


Tarek Chouja is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Australian Institute of Kettlebells. In his own words: "After years of training with Kettlebells , and after extensive research and training development, Dan and I developed Fundamentals of Kettlebell Training level 1. This fused my passion for fitness with a new found specialty in functional training. I have been blessed to have had extensive training in Australia and internationally with kettlebell legend Vasily Ginko; MMA conditioning expert Joey Alvarado; Battling Ropes founder John Brookfield and Rehab expert Ulrik Larson During my time with AIK, I have co written and produced Kettlebells level 1 and 2; Fundamentals of MMA Conditioning level 1; assisted in our Kettlebells and Powerbags for Rehab Training and more recently co-produced our CrankIt Fitness Suspension Training/Kettlebells course It is this knowledge and practicality that
underpins AIK and I firmly believe that we practice what we preach and it all begins by practicing the most effective training methods the right way"!


Kelvin D. Smith is degreed fitness professional with many years of experience. Kelvin is AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, CrossFit CF-L1 Trainer, CrossFit Football Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Kettlebell Trainer, Crossfit Kids Trainer, and Crossfit Endurance Trainer in Danville, Virginia. Kelvin is also a Certified TRX Group Instructor, Certified Les Mills CXWORX Instructor, Certified P90X Trainer & Group Instructor and a Battling Ropes Coach Level 1. His contact email is


Erick Walker is a retired United States Air Force Non-Commission Officer, having served his country for 20 years. While in the USAF he became a Certified National Emergency Medical Technician (NEMT). He was also chosen as a member of the elite Special Duty USAF Ceremonial Honor Guard and tasked with the responsibility of developing and administering the physical education program for over 200 men and women in his command. During his time in the military he also obtained a bachelor’s degree and took university graduate courses as well. Erick holds the rank of 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has trained with Lynette Love, the 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist and 1992 Olympic Bronze Medalist in Tae Kwon Do. He has also trained with Debra Holloway, the 1988 Olympic Sliver Medalist in Tae Kwon Do. In addition, Erick has won titles in two states for kumite (fighting). Previously, he
was the General Manger and Head Trainer of two successful gyms, Iron Works in Laplata Md, and (formerly) SMAC now World Gym in Mechanicville Md. He is also a co-owner and founder of Total Body Trainers, a personal training company located in the World Gym in Prince Fredrick Md., where he also serves as head trainer. Erick's certifications include: United States Air Force, Non-commissioned, professional officer leadership school, Tae Kwon Do (4th Degree/Black Belt) Aerobic KB/Self Defense Institute, Scierion Institute of fitness certified Personal Trainer, NAFTA Factuality Trainer /Kickboxing trainer/Certified personal Trainer, American Red Cross CPR Certified, NESTA Speed Quickness Agility, USAV Volleyball conditioning Instructor, TRX system Certified, Korean American Tae Kwon Do Ass. (KATKD) Chief Instructor (Local), CrossFit level 1 trainer, Nesta /Functional Training specialist, Battling Ropes Level I Coach. He can be emailed at Find out more about Erick at Iron Foundry Athletics.


Matt Begansky is the owner of The House of Fitness LLC, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Matt holds a certification in the Battling Ropes, TRX Suspension Trainer and the Russian Kettlebell Certification. His passion lies within fitness and weight loss due to his personal weight loss of nearly 100 pounds since 2005. Battling Ropes along with explosive plyometrics and kettlebell training is a snapshot of Matt Begansky’s challenging, but attainable workouts. Matt also guides you on your road to wellness through nutritional evaluation if warranted. The House of Fitness, LLC is personal training at its finest. You may read more about Matt Begansky and The House of Fitness, LLC at


Sarah Stewart has been a trainer for over 20 years. She started out in 1986 at the Los Gatos Athletic Club owned by Ed Burke, Olympic Hammer thrower. Sarah currently trains at Rxclusive and Los Gatos Health & Fitness. She has a BS Degree Exercise Physiology & Minor in Nutrition from San Jose State University. Besides being certified as a Battling Ropes coach, Sarah also is a current NPC Figure/Physique Competitor and a certified massage therapist, specializing in deep tissue & sports massage. She also competes in track & field, ultra cycling, cyclo-cross, road cycling, mountain biking and down hill. Sarah has raced on Team Fox Racing Shox (Mountain Bike) and has served as the crew chief for RAAM (Race Across America). She can be contacted at (408) 384-2591.


Patrick Murphy started his fitness career when in high school where he dropped almost 100 lbs. in a year. After succeeding in his goal, he knew he was hooked and wanted to help others. Patrick is a personal trainer in Minneapolis, Minnesota that works for the company, 3Click Mobile Fitness. He is also in school perusing a degree in exercise physiology. His current education includes: A.S. PhyEd, A.S. Fitness, ACE CPT, MN State CPT, NSC CPR/AED, TRX Suspension Trainer, Battling Ropes Level 1, New Leaf Metabolic Analysis and Program Development. Contact him directly at


Ethan Capers is the Chief Instructor of Minnesota’s oldest School for Bujinkan Martial Arts: the Bujinkan Mizu Nagare Dojo (Flowing Water School) in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. He is a senior instructor holding a 13th Degree Black Belt. He is currently a Kinesiology Major at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in pursuit of a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the Medical School. He was formerly also an AAU Junior Olympic Coach for Tae Kwon Do, in which he holds a 4th Degree Black Belt. A former personal trainer (1991) at Bally’s Holiday Spa in Hollywood CA, he now lives in the greater Twin Cities, MN area. His primary focus in fitness is the development of functional interventions to help encourage the body to develop long lasting durability and health. The multiplanar and multi-vector challenges that Battle Ropes place on the body meet perfectly with this philosophy and strongly support the
development of a body that moves well through the world. His primary goal is to help people overcome physical dysfunction to prevent injury and to use focused strength and conditioning training to help you build a body that is pain free, able and long lasting. He can be contacted at or visit


Cori Lefkowith is the owner of Redefining Strength in Costa Mesa, California. She is a health and fitness fanatic who played tennis for a nationally-ranked Division I team before becoming a personal trainer. Cori has her NASM CPT, CES and PES as well as a kettlebell certification. She loves working with people of all ages and fitness levels to help them become stronger, more confident, empowered individuals through exercise. She loves igniting a passion for fitness so that people can lead healthier, happier lives!

Dr. Tamara Mouras is an avid athlete and enjoys pushing the body to its fullest potential. While serving in the U.S. Navy Dr. Mouras was a member of the U.S. Navy Track & Field Team competing in the 100 meter, 200 meter, 4x400 meter relay and the long jump. After completing her service to our great country Dr. Mouras decided to take up the long distance side of running. In 2010, Tamara decided to add strength and conditioning into her workout agenda to gain power and endurance in her running. Tamara picked up a Kettlebell and never looked back. Dr. Mouras moved on to compete in her first 100 Mile Ultramarathon (Keys 100) in 2012 by winning her division. At this time Dr. Mouras holds numerous certifications to include: HKC, RKC I & RKC II, StrongFirst I & StrongFirst II, WKC, Battling Ropes (Level I), and TRX. Dr. Mouras is a strong supporter of incorporating a healthy lifestyle for all levels of
athletes instilling the idea of strength to gain better performances in any athletic arena. Dr. Mouras instructs small invitation only private training sessions using power and endurance to help individuals excel in their sport of choice. Dr. Mouras also offers and builds conditioning programs tailored to the needs of both power athletes and endurance athletes. Dr. Mouras holds B.S., M.S., and Doctoral degrees. Tamara is married and has two daughters and based out of the East Coast region. To contact Dr. Tamara Mouras to discuss private training sessions and/or specific conditioning programs tailored to your athletic goals, please email at or call 757-478-7768.


Rev Alexander is the founder and owner of Rev It, LLC in Piedmont, South Carolina. He has been involved in fitness for well over 30 years. From powerlifting to body building, from sport specific training to distance running and elite fitness and conditioning, Rev has been personally involved in many aspects of training. A former NPC competitor with a 1st, 3rd and two 2nd place finishes to his credit and a member of God’s Squad Power Team. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army and in the Army Reserves serving in many positions to include that of a Drill Sargent and a Special Reaction Team Leader. Rev is an IFPA certified Master Fitness Trainer, Lifestyle Fitness Coach Level 1, Sports Nutrition Specialist, Weight Management Instructor, Certified Fitness Consultant and Lifestyle Fitness Coach Level 1 and a TRX STC Level 1. He was recognized as the trainer of the month for the International Fitness
Professionals Association in July 2013. "I first became interested in fitness when I was 13. I had been fat all my life and was on my first doctor prescribed diet at 8 yrs old. I decided to make a change and started reading things by Joe Weider and Jack LaLanne and applied what I learned. Having dealt with my own personal struggles, has given me a better connection and understanding of many of my clients. I enjoy helping people change their lives, reach their goals and accomplish things they never thought were possible." You can reach Rev @ 864-979-6555 or 864-845-7495 or and on Facebook at

Jerry Burnette lives and works in the New Orleans area. He has been a Certified Personal Trainer over 15 years. Jerry is a Master Fitness Specialist, Battling Ropes Coach Level 1, TRX Certified, Navy Operational Fitness & Fueling Series-1 (NOFFS-1) Instructor, Navy Fitness Instructor, Command Fitness Leader (CFL) Instructor, Boot Camp instructor, Certified Dynamic Variable Resistance Training (DRVT Sandbag), and a Pilates Instructor. His contact email is

Dr. Jimmy Yuan is a Chiropractic Physician (DC), Medical Acupuncturist (FIAMA), Certified Golf Fitness Instructor (CGFI) and Russian Kettlebell Instructor (RKC). He is an Active Release Techniques® (ART®) credentialed provider and instructor. In addition to ART ®, Dr. Yuan also has certifications in Graston Techniques® (GT®), Trigenics® Myoneural Medicine, Functional Movement Screen, Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Screen and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). He is a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor through the Titleist Performance Institute, Level I Battling Ropes coach, and TRX sports medicine instructor. He also has experience as a personal trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Dr. Yuan currently is currently in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also an ART Ironman provider and has been a part of the performance team network at Athletes’ Performance Institute in Arizona, the Stretch To Win Institute, and Kettlebells Los Angeles. He has worked with numerous professional athletes from the NFL, PGA, LGPA, MLB, NBA and WTA. In 2004 the Consumers’ Research Council of America listed Dr. Yuan as one of America’s Top Chiropractors. He has also been a monthly contributing author for the Asian Sun Times.

Matthew Peltz is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He also has Hardstyle Kettlebell Certifiction through Dragon Door and is TRX Suspension Training certified. Matthew has a diverse, 15-year body of experience, working with professional baseball players, football players, top level MMA fighters, competitive bodybuilders, and the average house wife that just wants to lose 20 pounds. Peltz, along with Daryn Campbell and Scott Garman, was instrumental in bringing the successful "Extreme Training" program to Gold's Gym in Ahwatukee Arizona. This includes use of Kettlebells, TRX and Battling Ropes training as well as elements of "Caveman" training. Matthew can be reached at

Eddie Thomson earned his certification from NASM and a Sports Nutrition certification from ISSA in 2009. He has always had a passion for fitness and nutrition and always knew that it was the industry that he would ultimately end up involved. Eddie played almost every sport imaginable as a youth and quickly developed a passion for athletics. Once he hit the fitness scene as an independent trainer, he knew that helping people live longer, stronger, healthier lives was his passion. In 2010, he joined the team at Innovative Results.

Wendy Tate resides in Combined Locks, Wisconsin. She trains in the Fox Cities and other surrounding areas as an independent contractor. Wendy has all of her own equipment and insurance. She is NASM, CPT certified, HKC (kettlebells) certified and Bosu Master certified. Wendy currently holds a free Sunday bootcamp all year round for people who are new to fitness or want a change in their regular training. Wendy has a background of competitive speed skating (quads), roller derby, basketball and track. She recently decided to step outside the box and train for Duathlons ("I gotta say I LOVE it!") If you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation, just contact Wendy at

Joe Chalakee, RKC discovered kettlebell training in August 2007 from a friend who was using kettlebells for supplemental training for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He began training with Dr. Mark Cheng RKC Team Leader at Kettlebells Los Angeles in December of 2007. Joe became an RKC-Certified Kettlebell Instructor in Auguset 2008. He assisted at the January 2009 RKC Certification for the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton. Joe was introduced to battling ropes by SR RKC Doug Nepodal while training with him in 2009 and was being training with ropes ever since. Joe teaches kettlebells and battling rope group classes at Kettlebells South Bay in Torrance. He is also available for private and small group training. Please check the schedule for times. He can be contacted at or 424-7570-4850 Joe is also a Black Belt in Shotokan karate with James Yabe Sensei 8th dan. Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Rey Diogo.

V.J. Lirio is a strength and conditioning coach, fitness instructor and martial arts enthusiast. He is the first to receive the Battling Ropes Level I Coach in the state of New Jersey. V.J. has been involved in martial arts for many years and is also a certified personal trainer. He has trained and worked with body builders, group fitness, fighters, military personnel, and law enforcement. V.J. is an active member in Living Word Community Church in Dumont, N.J. He can be contacted at 201-753-2705 and he's available at 306 Spring Valley Road, Paramus, NJ 07652.

Shawn Manning is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the first RKC Instructor and Battling Ropes Coach in Wilmington, NC. She has been training since 1999 and presently works at Lumina Fitness near Wrightsville Beach. Starting in September 2008, Shawn will begin offering group strength and conditioning classes that will incorporate Battling Ropes, kettlebells, sandbags and other fun and torturous tools. You can send her an email by clicking here.

Mike Martino completed his undergraduate degree at Furman University in Health and Physical Education in 1988. From 1990 through 1996, he completed his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Exercise Physiology at the University of Alabama. During his tenure at Alabama, he served as an assistant coach to the varsity swim team. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, he also served as a research lab assistant in the Human Performance Laboratory. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association and he is a Cancer Exercise Specialist through the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute in Greely, Colorado. Dr. Martino has been involved with world-class athletes for more than 20 years. He served as a USA National Team Swimming Coach from 1990 through 2000. He was also a member of the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Advisory Coaching Staff in Barcelona and Atlanta. His educational and coaching expertise have allowed him to travel to many different countries for various professional engagements. His favorite sites have been Russia, Spain, and Cuba. He recently conducted a presentation entitled Battling Ropes: A New Training Concept at the NSCA National meeting in Atlanta, GA, with John Brookfield. Currently, Dr. Martino serves as the Exercise Science Program Coordinator and Human Performance Laboratory Director at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. He is the current NSCA Southeast Regional Coordinator and the Georgia State Director. He is an avid mixed martial artist who teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Milledgeville Academy of Mixed Martial Arts. He is an extremely dynamic presenter who combines science and application. He travels around the country presenting on various topics associated with performance physiology and conditioning.

Catherine Imes currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri. She started working out with free weights 20 years ago in High School. Catherline is a certified Battling Ropes Instructor and is a RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge) Level 2 Certified Instructor and a Kettlebell Sport/Girevoy Sport Competitor. She is the current American Record holder in the Snatch with 200 total Snatches at the NAKF Nationals in San Diego. Catherline is the first U.S. Born Master of Sports.

James Clear is a lifelong fitness enthusiast with interest in physical training and functional strength. He was involved in swimming, basketball and baseball growing up along with outside farm work. James has a BS/BA degree in Marketing and is certified to teach K-12 in Physical Education & Health. He was involved in baseball and was a pitcher at Xavier University and in St. Louis Cardinals organization. He was introduced to Olympic style lifting in 1979 and participated in meets in 1993 and 1994. James is looking to use Ropes certification training to help the young and elderly with overall fitness and well being.

Chris Mize lives in Birmingham, Alabama and has over 25 years experience in fitness and mixed martial arts training. He was the first person to open an MMA-only school in Alabama and has cornered fighters all over the world. He holds black belts in Judo & jiu-jitsu and also teaches muay thai kickboxing. Chris has studied with a virtual who's who in MMA: Gene LeBell, Bas Ruttan, Marco Ruas, and Oleg Taktarov to name a few. An instructor under MMA legend Erik Paulson, he currently is the civilian combatives instructor for the 20th Special Forces Group in Birmingham. Chris is an expert with kettlebells and just about any other combat fitness implement. He was honored to become a coach under John Brookfield and add the Battling Ropes to his arsenal. Being in the healthcare field, he plans on implementing the ropes into fitness programs for bariatric patients and the more debilitated in his community as well.

Vanessa M. Hood is a Champion Powerlifter and is employed as the Director of Campus Fitness at Winston-Salem State University. She's an AAU World Powerlifting Raw Masters first-place Champion, World Record holder in the Bench Press & the Deadlift, Best Raw Masters Bencher, and an AAU National Push/Pull Raw Masters first-place Champion. Vanessa is a natural and drug-free champion powerlifter with a career as a fitness professional.

Michelle Benedict received a degree in 2001 from Brigham Young University in exercise physiology. She is a collegiate athlete who specializes in strength and conditioning and the treatment of sports-related injuries. Michelle is a USA Weightlifting Club Coach, CrossFit Level II instructor, Catalyst Athletics Level I Coach, and Battling Ropes Level I Coach. She has had the opportunity to coach many National Champion Cheerleading Squads, as well as be an active competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She excels in Olympic Weightlifting and continues to increase her skill set of strength and conditioning through many Continuing Education programs. Michelle coaches athletes of various levels of ability to success through a variety of protocols. She has designed High School Football, Cheer and Soccer Programs to Kids Healthy Living programs. Michelle has extensive experience in rehabilitation of sports-related injuries; She had the pleasure of working with athletes at Performance Chiropractic, CrossFit NC, CrossFit Cape Fear, and she is the founder of CrossFit Fort Bragg. Michelle administers to athletes with Functional Movement evaluations, and appropriate corrective protocol. Prior to CrossFit, she had the opportunity to learn a diverse understanding of Orthopedics, where she assisted for 3 years. She enjoys sharing time with people that can make her laugh, and, of course, training!

Adam Wharton is the National Director of Personal Training Development for Bally Total Fitness. He enjoys helping fitness fanatics build careers in the fitness industry; he and his trainers change people's lives using dynamic and interactive training techniques. If you are interested in speaking with Adam regarding the excellent personal training programming in the Bally Total Fitness clubs, you may reach him at

Carey Stiller is a top fitness professional and been in the fitness industry for many years. She is also a skilled kettlebell trainer and the owner of the Fitness Factory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Carey can be reached at 570-322-2348.

Eric Steppe is a personal trainer, mma competitor, kettlebell trainer and former wrestling coach. Eric can also be reached at the Fitness Factory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania at 570-322-2348.

Scott Mandy is the head strength and conditioning coach at the Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia. Scott can be contacted at

Eric Dawson is a personal trainer at Bally Total Fitness in Cambridge, MA. Eric is a high school football coach at Arlington Catholic high school and a former college football player who played offensive tackle for North Dakota state university. You can call him at (262) 880-3017 or via email at

Bob Cosmo is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and has been named a Master Practical Trainer by the American Council on Exercise. He also received certification from ACSM and NASM. Bob received his M.A. Ed. in Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine and currently serves as the Area Director for Bally Total Fitness.

Gina Scuderi is from Medford, MA and is employed as a NASM certified - Elite Personal Trainer at the Beverly Athletic Club in Beverly, MA. She is a certified Battling Ropes Instructor and also IKFF certified (International Kettlebell & Fitness Federation). Gina can be reached at (781) 704-1688 or

Joe Roberts is from the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg area and he can be reached via email at

Jay Simon has a passion for fitness which started on an Ohio wrestling mat at the age of five. He has since trained in power lifting, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, Thai Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts. This experience, along with his in-depth knowledge of fitness, keeps his clients engaged and challenged through a well-balanced selection of strength and conditioning exercises. Jay developed the functional training system of Ruckus 101 that emphasizes multi-joint movements and creative exercises. Serving as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Academy for Body Efficient Tactical Arts (BETA Academy) in Washington, DC, Jay uses Ruckus 101 to improve students’ performance on the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu mat and in the Thai Boxing ring. Among Jay's several Professional Certifications are NASM-CPT certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Kettlebell Teacher (CKT) certification with the International Kettlebell Fitness Federation, Kettlebell Teacher Fitness and Movement Dynamics (CKT-FMD) Level 2 Certification with the International Kettlebell Fitness Federation, Natural Trainer Level I with the Monkey Bar Gymnasium Certification and, of course, Battling Ropes Training System Coach Certification Level I. Jay Simon is from Frederick, Maryland and he can be reached via email at or at

Kevin Perrone is a Level 2 RKC and Z-Health Coach. He can be reached at or at 919-260-5393.

Bob Budai has been involved in fitness and sports for over 30 years. He has been a certified fitness professional since 1993, and a physical therapist since 1999. As physical therapy director for Excel Rehabilitation in Waterford, MI, Bob works as a board certified orthopedic specialist, often utilizing unconventional tools (including kettlebells, clubbells, suspension training, and Battling Ropes) to treat his patients. Bob is also owner of Functional Strength Training, LLC – one of the top fitness organizations in Michigan, providing personal training, group fitness, and continuing education to clients ranging from the "average Joe/Soccer Mom" to professional athletes, law enforcement/SWAT team, and other fitness professionals. Bob has had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the top fitness people in the world, and has achieved certifications in multiple areas of fitness.

Johanna Funk has been living the "Functional Strength" lifestyle since February 2007. Johanna has proven herself as one of the top female kettlebell competitors in the country. Beginning as a client, Johanna showed an early interest in kettlebell training as it produced significant results in her fitness beyond other programs she had used. Her interest grew to kettlebell sport (GS) competition, winning multiple distinctions, including Candidate for Master of Sport (CMS) ranking in the Long Cycle Event (83 reps with 44 lb bell in the 53 kg weight class) at the 2010 Mid Michigan Kettlebell Invitational. Johanna has achieved kettlebell certifications through the RKC and IKFF, and maintains her interest in using kettlebells as her primary training source. As Johanna has developed as an athlete and trainer, she has learned the benefit of adding supplemental training tools to her repertoire, including bands (certified flex band instructor), suspension training (TRX certified), and Battling Ropes, among others.

Andrew Pantke lives by day as a professional engineer in south east Michigan and spends the rest of his time studying and practicing all things related to strength and fitness. In addition to being a Battling Ropes instructor, Andrew is also a RKC Kettlebell instructor. Andrew is available for lessons in and around the Belleville, Michigan area and can be reached via email at

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Frances Aikoo: (301) 325-0180
Stacey Holley: (410) 294-5705
Anna Browne: (305) 587-9889
Bryan Rambarran: (240) 372-8679
Ricky Spain: (410) 903-3407
Chris Majerowicz: (410) 382-4964
Nick Henerson: (443) 804-6723
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Matt Begansky: (570) 449-5056
Joseph Sigismondo: (202) 870-0999
Nathan Stormer: (301) 346-5503
Ismail Oseni: (240) 498-3815
Scott McAlee: (703) 582-6977
Jimmy Mey: (240) 396-7667
Leo McCarthy, Worcester, MA: (508) 854-2100
Adam Nolet, Worcester, MA: (508) 854-2100
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Kurt Bemier, Worcester, MA: (508) 854-2100
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Eric Dawson, Cambridge, MA: (617) 868-5100
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Matt Simoni, Hamden, CT: (203) 248-9391
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Mel Schenck, Woburn, MA: (781) 935-3333
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